Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jan 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google It really hasn't been Google's week. First the entire internet exploded because of some uninteresting nonsense regarding social networking (really internet?), but today something happened that's actually a bad thing and worth talking about: in Kenya, Google has been caught accessing the databases of a competing business, and offering Google's own product to the people in the database. Google has already apologised, and is currently investigating the matter.
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RE: Do no evil
by Soulbender on Sat 14th Jan 2012 03:39 UTC in reply to "Do no evil"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

Kinda throws a wet blanket on the "Do No Evil" slogan


I think that ship sailed long ago.
Only the most gullible and blue-eyed person would ever think that slogan meant anything.

individuals can exploit that powerful concentration of collected data to do as they please.


Sure but on the other hand it's impossible to completely prevent abuse. The fact that some idiotic employees did something incredibly stupid doesn't necessarily reflect badly on google the company,

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RE[2]: Do no evil
by sbergman27 on Sat 14th Jan 2012 05:22 in reply to "RE: Do no evil"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

I think that ship sailed long ago.
Only the most gullible and blue-eyed person would ever think that slogan meant anything.

My eyes are dark brown. But... I'm still just gullible enough to think that Google is doing a damned fine job.

Mon Dieu! The good they do. The quality educational programming they provide. The quality search service they provide. The way they stood up in that face-off against the Chinese government when it would have been much easier, safer, and probably more lucrative to just accede to the demands.

Still, somewhere in the back of my mind, there is an anti-complacency alarm going off regarding the arsenal of data they hold. Maybe nothing to worry about. But no Pollyanna am I. ;-)

-Steve

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RE[3]: Do no evil
by jared_wilkes on Sat 14th Jan 2012 22:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Do no evil"
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